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WHY MEDICINE | OUR APPROACH | MOBILE CLINICS | EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS | FOLLOW-UP CARE​ | PATIENT STORIES

 

Why Medicine?
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people worldwide currently face a "critical shortage in health care." There are less than two doctors for each 1,000 people in Latin America due to geographic isolation and lack of transportation, as one quarter of the Latin American population lives or works in rural areas.
 
Many in Latin America have chosen to leave their rural communities in search of better economic, educational, or health opportunities in cities. As a result, the rapid urbanization of cities has given rise to a separate host of problems, including improper sanitation, unhygienic living conditions, and a lack of basic amenities.
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Our Approach

For the past several years, MEDLIFE has been working to bring basic health care services to urban slums outside of Lima (Peru) and Managua (Nicaragua) as well as rural areas of Cuzco (Peru), Tena (Ecuador), Esmeraldas (Ecuador), Riobamba (Ecuador) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

We focus our efforts in medicine care through our Mobile Clinics, Preventative Health Education Workshops and Patient Follow-Up Care.

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The MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics

MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic brings free, high quality healthcare directly to communities who lack access to basic health services. Staffed by local practitioners, clinics offer basic medical treatment and preventative screens and are designed to find patients who are in need of longterm assistance. Volunteers shadow medical professionals, help in the running of the clinic and learn about local medical practices, global medicine and the affect of poverty on health. 

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Preventative Health Education Workshops

Our Mobile Clinics provide health education in the form of educational videos, brochures, and presentations by medical professionals. We provide information on diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease (and others) to help our patients understand how to prevent and treat such conditions.

Modeled after the same health education that a patient would receive in the United States, our workshops focus on teaching patients about how to live healthier lives, demonstrating important screening tests, answering questions, and trying to instill a culture of preventative care.

 
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Patient Follow-Up Care

When patients are simply referred to local hospitals for treatments many times they still fail to receive the actual treatment they need due to lack of resources, lack of confidence, or lack of a true understanding about their medical problems.

For all of these reasons, MEDLIFE has developed a year-round patient follow-up process. We support our patients in many ways. We provide financial resources for treatments, emotional support, nutritional assistance for malnourished families, and educational resources to help individuals better understand their conditions.  

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Some Patient Stories

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teresa-quispe francisco-guacho esther-veronica patient-elka
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blanca-evas Elena-Huacatoca gustavo-cartagena zhamira-dueñas
maricielo-garcia claudia-pinto Nery-Huaman Betty-Alvarez
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